MP convinced by friend’s need for cannabis help
HAVING a friend in palliative care whose only pain relief was illegally sourced marijuana has convinced the Member for Page Kevin Hogan to support medicinal cannabis.
Mr Hogan spoke in support of the historic legislation which Federal Parliament passed on Wednesday.
He said the legislation delivers the missing piece to legally-grown medicinal cannabis treatment in Australia.
Mr Hogan said the plight of a dying friend, who had found cannabis to be the only effective pain relief, had convinced him of the need to make a change.
"She had to go to the illegal market to get the relief she needed," Mr Hogan said.
"That said, it's not about having a bong, or a smoke.
"You can get an oil you can apply to the body or you can ingest the cannabis by adding it to food."
Mr Hogan said there were many other stories out there similar to that of his friend.
"I have heard numerous stories from members of our community with debilitating illnesses who want access to medicinal cannabis to help relieve their chronic pain and improve the quality of their lives," he said. "This legislation clears the way for Australia's State and Territory governments and companies to apply for a licence to locally cultivate or manufacture medicinal cannabis products.
"It was always vital we had a clear national licensing system to ensure the integrity of crops for medicinal or scientific purposes, with the new laws enabling the Commonwealth to track the development of medicinal cannabis products from the farm to the pharmacy."
An independent Advisory Committee will now be established to oversee the next stage of the rollout of a national regulator now legislation has passed.
To watch part of Mr Hogan's speech supporting the legislation go to his Facebook page Kevin Hogan MP